Science Resources

Cosmic Times  

Have you considered using scientific topics and concepts to teach reading and writing skills? This NASA Goddard Space Flight Center website might aid in that practice. 'Cosmic Times is a series of curriculum support materials that trace the history of our understanding of the universe during the past 100 years, from Einstein's formulation of gravity to the discovery of dark energy. It consists of 6 posters, each resembling the front page of a newspaper from a particular time in this history, with articles describing the discoveries. The language of the articles mimics that of a newspaper from its respective era.' 

The site contains a glossary, a timeline, and a section on teacher resources. The Cosmic Times has three 'editions' or reading levels, and the teacher resources support each version. 

In addition, there are several reading strategies featured in the resources and lessons. They include Reciprocal Reading, Talking to the Text (TttT), and SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review). 

Above information was posted in the LINCS Reading and Writing Community of Practice.


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